Ian Gow

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Ian Gow: maintained the agreement would “cause more bloodshed for no good return” and would prolong Ulster’s agony. Photograph: PA

The concerns of two leading Conservative politicians about the Anglo-Irish Agreement were conveyed to Irish diplomat Richard Ryan at a convivial dinn(...)

Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Margaret Thatcher was complicated about Ireland. This was scarcely surprising. So many of her associations with Ireland had been negative: her falling(...)

Thomas Mair, who has been found guilty at the Old Bailey, London of the murder of the MP Jo Cox. There is little doubt that he regarded Cox as a “collaborator” against the white race.  One of the last searches he conducted on Birstall library computers was into people who had been executed as traitors. Photograph:  West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

Reclusive, nervous and by his own account gripped by feelings of worthlessness, Thomas Mair struck his neighbours and many of his relatives as odd but(...)

 Court  artist sketch  of Thomas Mair,  who is accused of the  murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

The Labour MP Jo Cox was shot three times and stabbed repeatedly in a preplanned murder with a political or ideological motive, the trial of the accus(...)

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow and Prime Minister David Cameron speak to the media near to the scene of the murder of Jo Cox: a 52-year-old suspect is currently in detention. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The two sides in Britain’s EU referendum extended their pause in campaigning until Sunday as Parliament was recalled for Monday to pay tribute to mur(...)

A member of the public leaves tributes to Jo Cox during a vigil in Parliament Square on June 16th, 2016 in London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Tearful tributes have been paid to late British Labour MP Jo Cox as it emerged her last words after being shot and stabbed in the street on Thursday w(...)

Northern Ireland secretary Airey Neave, whose car was blown up as he drove out of the parliamentary car park at Westminster in 1979. Photograph: PA Wire

Jo Cox is the first member of the House of Commons to be murdered in office since 1990, when Ian Gow became the last in a string of MPs to die at the (...)

Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher asked what the reaction would be if the British bombed Dundalk in pursuit of IRA terrorists when she(...)